Friday, December 14, 2012

Apple Sauce

oil on linen on panel / 7x5" unframed / $85

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How this painting will look framed:

I found this beautiful pot at a thrift store and had to include it in this painting, Apple Sauce. The neutral   color (a variation of the background color) of the pot with its soft edges on either side becomes believable through the added highlights and a bit of color to show off the reflections.

I really did make apple sauce with Honey Crisp Apples. The apple sauce was sweet enough without having to add any sweetener. The only thing was... I used a different pot. This one was too pretty to cook in!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Popcorn and Oil

oil on linen on panel / 7x5" /unframed / sold

How this painting will look framed:

Popcorn and Oil was a delight to paint. This painting was a lesson in edges. I loosely painted in the shape for all the popcorn pieces and the bottle of oil. Onto the cool white mass of popcorn, I applied warm white paint heavily (impasto) to pull out the shape of selected pieces of popcorn. Notice whereever there is impasto, the edges are hard-bringing that portion of the popcorn forward giving the popcorn pieces dimension.

The challenge was to maintain the shimmer of the oil in the bottle and make the bottle look glass-like, a  liquid and a solid. The top left side of the bottle almost disappears (a soft edge) into the background. The top right side of the bottle is very solid looking (hard edge). To keep the viewer's eye away from the edges, I placed a highlight on the glass to draw the viewer's attention to the bottle. To keep the oil looking liquid-like, I painted very soft golden edges.

Are the edges convincing?